5 Resolutions You Absolutely Must Break to Get Beautiful Skin
Did you make a list of resolutions for the New Year? You may want to consider tweaking them if any sound like this:
“I’m only going to eat 500 calories a day until I finally lose that weight!” Losing weight is the number one resolution every year for almost everyone. But if you’re going to do it, do it right. Consuming fewer than 1,200 calories a day is going to leave your skin (and the rest of you) starved for important nutrients, especially the healthy oils found in fatty fish, nuts and avocados that keep your complexion glowing. Better to drop the pounds more slowly and keep your skin and your body healthy.
“I promise to exfoliate every day!” Whoa, curb your enthusiasm! Gentle cleansing and exfoliation are necessary for glowing skin, but daily exfoliation, especially with an abrasive scrub, is too often. Once a week is plenty. On the other days, use a mild cleansing milk.
“I vow to get outside more and exercise!” We’re not going to bust you for communing with nature or getting a fresh-air workout, but we’re betting that you’re skimping on sun protection. Doesn’t matter if it’s cloudy or clear, make applying an SPF of at least 30 part of your daily beauty ritual.
“I’m going to make my own beauty products!” Yes, there are lots of clever beauty hacks to extend or replace certain products, but generally making your own supplies out of kitchen ingredients isn’t smart. Sea salt, for example, is a bad idea as a scrub because the crystals are too sharp and will scratch delicate facial skin, while olive oil is too heavy to use as a moisturizer and will just clog pores.
“I’ll save money by buying the cheapest brands!” Looking for a bargain is a great idea on commodity household goods like dish soap and paper towels, but it’s not smart when it comes to beauty. For skin care and cosmetics, make your goal getting the most for your money, rather than just buying by rock-bottom price. Why? Because cheaper formulas frequently contain unhealthy chemicals the more sophisticated brands avoid, like sodium lauryl sulfate, and skimp on the more expensive, cutting-edge ingredients like peptides. Read and compare labels and choose the safest, most effective ingredients at the best price. Your skin will thank you.